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Saturday, January 29, 2005
  Sick and Pointless?
Two goldfish in a bowl with a menacing looking knife sitting in it has come under attack by animal rights groups.
The gallery director described the work as..
"a brilliant and thought-provoking display which has been praised by critics and visitors alike."
While animal rights groups described it as..
"a sick and pointless spectacle"
and..
"It 's pathetic. It shows a complete poverty of imagination and a vast amount of callousness. It 's not art."
read more at cherwell online
Greek born Italian artist Jannis Kounellis is exhibiting at Modern Art Oxford.

 
BgArt News Blog Comments:
I think the work has great merit...thought-provoking it is.

I suppose this is where one has to ask the self, what is the function of art? That same person must realize that the answer will be different for each person. For some, the function of art is to simply have something that compliments the wall paper, to others it will need to be much more...i.e. if having any wallpaper at all, the art will define what the wallpaper should be.

And for anyone concerned with the health and welfare of the fish, well the artist states:

"He described the knife as blunt, explaining, "If you run your thumb along it, you re not going to cut yourself. Fish don 't tend to cut themselves on coral or broken bottles so it looks more of a threat than it is"."

I say, Have you ever tried to cut a tomato with a dull kitchen knife?
 
I love this quote from andy warhol.. it's generally so true..
"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."
 
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